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Collection 423 - David J. Bailey Reminiscence, 1900

Creator: Bailey, David J., b. 1844

Provenance Note: A carbon typescript, prepared by Merrill G. Burlingame from an additional copy in the possession of James Owenhouse of Bozeman, Montana, was donated to Montana State University by Burlingame in 1966.

Historical Note: David J. Bailey was born in Butts County, Georgia on January 16, 1844. He lived in Alabama and Kentucky before clerking in a store in Evansville, Indiana during the Civil War. In August 1865, he journeyed overland to Montana Territory with a freighting outfit, travelling via Fort Kearney, South Platte, and Cache-la-Poudre to Laramie Plains and Green River before going north to Virginia City. He first ranched in the Virginia City area but afterwards worked in a variety of positions at various locations in Montana including: Merchant at Twin Bridges (Madison County); deputy treasurer (Gallatin County); farmer (Meagher County); Clerk and treasurer (Missoula County). He married Rosa Pierce in 1864, and they had one daughter, Bertha, who later married E. J. Owenhouse, the father of James Owenhouse. After the death of Rosa Bailey in 1871, Bailey remarried and had four children with his second wife, Josie M. Pauley Bailey.

Content Description Note: Carbon typescript copy of an original reminiscence written by Bailey in 1900. The location of the original reminiscence is unknown. The text describes Bailey's journey from Indiana to Montana in 1865 and his experiences as a rancher, teacher, merchant, and public servant. Subjects include Virginia City, vigilantes, Bozeman, John Trout, John Lott, Bill Ennis, Thorton Osgood, W.A. Clark, Marcus Daly, Montana elections during the 1890s and personal matters. The manuscript has been divided into chapters and placed in three file folders.

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